Thursday, May 8, 2008

Storm over Fort Jefferson

This is a lucky shot I got a few summers ago at Fort jefferson. Ft. Jeff is on one of the islands of the Dry Tortugas, some 90 miles west of Key West. I was there doing a study on the water quality, and they let us stay in the fort. Let me tell you, that little island is fantastic once the tourists leave on the last ferry at 3:00 PM. There is no noise aside from the diesel generator (and that can't be heard from more than about 10 meters away), just the wind and waves. The light pollution at night is almost nil. I watched satellites pass overhead, with the glow of the Milky Way arm behind. Meteorites... Ah, it was lovely, and then this storm rolled in and it got even more fun. I can't remember how much digital film I used to finally capture this pic, but it was a 30 second exposure, with the camera set on a brick on the top of the fort and the delayed shutter, so I wouldn't mess it up with vibration. Good times. Click it for all its strikingness.

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